Shrike the Impaler

Great Lakes Pelican

northern shrike

This Northern Shrike has been frequenting the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Causeway for a while now. I first saw it when Ryan and I took the BSBO Bird Bus for a ride around Magee. That day, it landed perfectly right in sight and, of course, neither of us had our cameras, only binoculars. It was, however, a lifer for me! Ryan noticed that there was a vole in the road from where the shrike was when spotted. We must have ruined its lunch.

A few weeks later, when I was by myself, I was driving down the causeway and I saw the shrike again. There it was, moving across the brush, stopping on the tallest branch of every one along the western dike. It was quick, but luckily this day I was just as fast. I got this shot right before it flew away.

In Lives of North American Birds

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